Fewer than 4 in 10 new PIP claimants in England and Wales got an award of PIP over the last five years, according to statistics released by the DWP this month. The figures also show that there is a 32% chance of being worse off after your award is reviewed.
The latest statistics cover England and Wales, with separate statistics to be produced for Scotland as adult disability payment (ADP) begins to replace PIP.
Five year figures
The figures show that for the five years from August 2017 to July 2022, just 39% of claims for PIP resulted in an award.
Out of a total of 2.5 million claims, 600,000 were disallowed or withdrawn before the claimant had an assessment.
Of those who actually got as far as an assessment, 50% got an award of PIP.
The DWP also produced figures for planned award reviews for the five year period:
- 18% award increased
- 49% award unchanged
- 10% award decreased
- 22% award disallowed
So, the chances of being better off as a result of your award being reviewed are 18%, whilst the chances of being worse off are 32%.
Latest quarterly figures
As well as five year statistics, the DWP also provided data for the quarter ending in July 2022:
180,000 new claims were registered, the highest level since PIP began and 21% higher than the same period last year.
44% of all claims, excluding withdrawn claims, got an award.
50% of all claims that got as far as an assessment received an award.
Of claimants who got an award:
- 78% of claims awarded were short term (0 to 2 years)
- 11% were longer term (over 2 years)
- 10% were ongoing
60,000 mandatory reconsiderations were registered in the latest quarter and 80,000 were cleared.
Only 23% of mandatory reconsiderations led to a change in the award.
The average time taken for a mandatory reconsideration was 26 days, down from a high of 79 days in September 2021.
120,000 planned award reviews were registered in this quarter, but just 70,000 were cleared. So the backlog of award reviews which has caused claimants such difficulty and has led to automatic 12 month PIP extensions continues to grow.